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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Southern Nevada District Office
 
Release Date: 12/18/13
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 , k1cannon@blm.gov

Final La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Management Plan Available


Las Vegas – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District Office and U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest announce the availability of a management plan for two wilderness areas west of Las Vegas.

The La Madre Mountain Wilderness Area – a 47,225-acre area – and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area - a 24,899-acre area - are contained within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.

Copies of the plan are available online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/wilderness/wilderness_info_page/rainbow_mountain_wilderness.html or by contacting the BLM Las Vegas Field Office at (702) 515-5297.

Some of the specific actions included in the plan are:

  • Coordinate management across BLM and FS administrative boundaries.
  • Improve recognition of the wilderness boundaries.
  • Eliminate vehicle intrusions in wilderness.
  • Designate Rattlesnake, Limestone, and Bridge Mountain Trails for hiking use (BLM portion).
  • Designate Brownstone Basin Trail extension for hiking and equestrian use (on BLM portion).
  • Establishment of staging areas and installation of information kiosks.
  • Coordinate with other agencies to achieve healthy land goals, including wildlife, habitat and desired vegetation goals.
  • Allow for protection and study of unique archaeological, geological, and paleontological resources.
  • Management of fire.
  • Monitor for and remove invasive exotic or noxious plant species.
  • Management of recreational uses including camping, hunting, technical rock climbing, and horseback riding.
The public has until January 14 to appeal the decision to approve the Final Wilderness Management Plan. Instructions for filing an appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals may be found in the Decision Record.
 


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 12-18-2013